The Duke of Sussex has urged people in the US to “reject hate speech” and vote in the country’s upcoming presidential election.
Reflecting on the negative impact that online bullying can have on a person’s mental health, Duchess Meghan recalled the comments and headlines written about her last year being “almost unsurvivable.”
Speaking alongside her husband, Prince Harry, in an episode of the “Teenager Therapy” podcast Friday in honor of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, Meghan reflected on facing “damaging” and “manufactured” stories about herself.
“I’m told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female,” she said. “Eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible – I was on maternity leave with a baby. But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out: It’s almost unsurvivable. That’s so big, you can’t even think of what that feels like. I don’t care if you’re 15 or you’re 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London on March 5, 2020. (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)
She added: “From my standpoint and part of the work that we do is from our own personal experience, being able to talk to people and understand that even though our experience is unique to us and obviously can seem very different from what people experience on the day-to-day, it’s still a human experience and that’s universal. We all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt. We all know what it feels like to be isolated
By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Prince William has joined forces with renowned British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough to launch Thursday a new environmental award, the Earthshot Prize, which has grand ambitions to “incentivize change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years.”
The prize takes its inspiration from the Moonshot challenge that President John F. Kennedy set for the U.S. in 1961 to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
William, who has been immersed in environmental issues all his life, said the same resources used to tackle the coronavirus pandemic should be devoted to saving the natural world.
“According to the experts, it really is the point of no return,” he told Sky News. “We have 10 years to fundamentally fix our planet.”
The plan envisions five prizes of 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.
The first five Earthshots center on protecting and restoring nature, clean air, reviving oceans, building a waste-free world and fixing the climate.
“We very much hope that even if we can’t necessarily change the world in ten years’ time just from the prize alone, what we do hope is that, just like the Moonshot landings where they developed cat scanners, X-ray machines, breathing apparatus, stuff like that I think has been really, really important to come out of that,” William said.
Nominations open on Nov. 1 with an annual global awards ceremony held in a different city each year, starting with London in the fall of 2021. William will be part of the panel that makes the decisions.
The prize fund will be provided by the project’s global alliance founding partners, a